"Fáilte Ireland" is the National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland. The authority was established under the National Tourism Development Authority Act of 2003. Fáilte Ireland has sub-contracted its accommodation registration assessment and classification functions to Tourist Accommodation Management Services Ltd (TAMS). An article by Mason Hayes & Curran published Dec. 3, 2013 on "Lexology" provides information on the classifcation procedure and the mandatory registration of hotels.
The IFTTA Law Review 3-2013 is now available in the members area of the IFTTA website. It includes an article by Paul Edelman on "The Athens Convention as applied in the United States and abroad to cruise line accident litigation", a report on IFTTA's 24th Conference in Prague by Klaus Tonner as well as court cases dealing with international iurisdiction in regard to hotel liability (USA) and air carrier liability according to the Montreal Convention (UK).
According to a report published in "Travel Weekly", the travel industry in the U.S. struggled to decide how to handle Russia’s recently enacted anti-gay law, which could potentially put clients traveling to Russia at risk of arrest. The law prohibits the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" but is widely seen as a government-backed attempt at aggressive suppression of homosexual behavior. Many travel professionals in particular are concerned about the lack of a clear definition of what exactly constitutes illegal behavior.
According to an article published in "Travel Pulse", the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a guidance document for travel agencies that operate Internet flight-search tools on how these agencies should disclose the carriers they do not market in their search results. In particular, DOT will consider it an unfair practice to simply report that “no flight exists that matches” the consumer’s criteria, when in reality the flight does exist, but the agency does not offer it. DOT has provided a 90-day window, starting Aug.
The latest edition of the IFTTA Law review containing a message of the president and articles by Gianluca Rossoni on the impact of the EU Consumer Rights Directive on tourism and by Maria Goretti Sanches Lima on package travel in the EU and Brazil is now available online in the members area of this website. Access is limtied to paid IFTTA members.
The municipality of Belo Horizonte, city located in the State of Minas Gerais, BRAZIL, issued on June 17th a pocket guide for tourists written in three languages, Portuguese, Spanish and English which is being distributed in airports as well as in consumer agencies of Belo Horizonte.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members.
A new guidance launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), is aimed at airlines, price comparison websites, travel agents and tour operators, and is designed to make sure the travel industry is fully aware of its responsibilities under existing consumer legislation. The document makes clear that the travel industry must provide consumers with the information they need, when they need it and in a transparent way they can clearly understand.
As a result of an in-flight, Boeing 787 battery incident in Japan, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners over safety concerns. Other regulators around the world have followed:
The IFTTA Law Review 3-2012 is now available within the members' area of the website. It contains an article by Stephan Keiler on the European Bus Passengers' Rights Regulation and several court cases.